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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Two Of A Kind (1983)

Disgusted by the state of the world, God (Gene Hackman) decides to destroy mankind and start over. But four angels (Charles Durning, Beatrice Straight, Scatman Crothers, Castulo Guerra) plead with him to spare mankind. He agrees but only if a bank robber (John Travolta) and the bank teller (Olivia Newton John) who scams him can both redeem themselves within 24 hours. But the Devil (Oliver Reed) has a few plans of his own. After the massive success of GREASE, I suppose it was inevitable that Travolta and Newton John would be teamed up again but the magic didn't happen a second time. This isn't a musical but a romantic comedy/fantasy along the lines of HERE COMES MR. JORDAN. Travolta and Newton John are as appealing as ever but the paper thin script and unimaginative direction by John Herzfeld leave them stranded and left to fend for themselves, they can't overcome the weak material. The soundtrack does contain the song Twist Of Fate which was a top 10 hit for Newton John. With Kathy Bates, Ernie Hudson, Vincent Bufano and Toni Kalem.

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